Vice President Kamala Harris disparaged European explorers who discovered the Americas during a speech she gave on Tuesday at the National Congress of American Indians 78th Annual Convention, claiming they were guilty of horrific crimes against Native Americans.
“Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas,” proclaimed Harris in Portland, Oregon. “But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story.”
“Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease,” she stated, accusing explorers of atrocities. “We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on Native communities today.”
Then she tried to sell President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda to Native Americans, telling them it will have “a significant impact on Indian Country.”
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She proceeded to address the unrelated topic of missing Native American women and girls, citing statistics to engender outrage. She also bloviated on the voting rights of Native Americans, telling them their votes were being suppressed.
“Native Americans are more likely to live in poverty, to be unemployed, and often struggle to get quality healthcare and to find affordable housing,” Harris pandered seemingly offering Native Americans a chicken in every pot.
“This persistent inequity, this persistent injustice is not right. And the pandemic has only made it worse,” she added, invoking the virus as a partial cause of the plight of Native Americans while appearing to suggest that socialism is the only answer.
She went on to claim that Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would solve many of their problems.
“This bill represents the largest infrastructure investment our nation has made since before World War II and presents, right now, an important opportunity to strengthen Indian Country,” she declared.
“It would set aside funding for tribal bridge projects and the Tribal Transportation Program,” Harris vowed.
“It would provide Native communities with funding to build out brand new water infrastructure, and connect Native communities with high-speed internet. All while creating good union jobs, millions of good union jobs,” she said, giving credit to unions once again.
“And as Native communities have led for generations upon generation on protecting our environment, I should also mention that this bill would also put millions of dollars toward making sure our communities are resilient in the face of climate change,” Harris promised in an attempt to sell the Green New Deal.
“I believe strongly that we right now have a chance to change things, to improve things, to be better for this generation and for the seven generations to come,” she stated. “Because I believe that we are at the beginning of a new era and a moment of incredible transformation.”
“As we work to rebuild our economy, as we work to restore our democracy, we have the opportunity to build a better future together,” Harris added, alluding to Biden’s agenda.
Monday, Biden became the first American president to celebrate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day with a presidential proclamation.
“For generations, federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” Biden wrote. “Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”
People were not impressed with Harris’ pandering to Native Americans:
Christopher Columbus actually had nothing to do with that,not that Kamala SlaveTrader Harris would know.
Nor would she know that though Europe was NOT innocent in those primitive times,Native Americans practiced child sacrifice.
Maybe #infanticide‘s a forbidden area of knowledge?
— READ #FauciEmails: 2020 was based on Lies;But WHY? (@utopianindigent) October 13, 2021
So we are going to judge people from 500 years ago. Hell, let’s go back even further and condemn all explorers thousands of years ago. We could have just stayed in Africa and SW Asia. The US wouldn’t exist at all. It is what it is. It was a different world – different morality.
— Darrell Harris (@darrell1118) October 13, 2021
Some things are terrible, but what those explorers did was not one of them. Yes, there downsides but expanding world civilization was a great boon to humanity, including native Americans. Kudos to Columbus, Cortes, and many others.
— Stephen Berman (@Neuro101) October 13, 2021
We have serious problems here and now in America and our VP seems more focused on 1492.
— WLW-3 (@WhiteKlpwlw) October 13, 2021
Indians devastated themselves attacking other tribes taking slaves etc. Not defending explorers actions . Just saying no time machine yet and there has been massive restitution to tribes and having their own nation in our nation. Let’s get some real facts in the conversation
— Kevin Coffey (@KevinCo05981929) October 13, 2021
How’s that border crisis going? I see where the priorities are.
— Dave Braasch (@gegcsupt) October 13, 2021
Divide and conquer rhetoric
— Apocalypse Today: War of Images (@Bill38718534) October 13, 2021
European explorers were doing their jobs based on the job expected of them at the time. It was the 1500s and the world was a tad different. She too will be judged for her job performance by future generations. Her grade: F-
— Kaye Lowe (@KayeLowe16) October 13, 2021
Please stop perpetuating the myth that all native tribes were just chilling in a paradise before Europeans showed up. Was “scalping” even a word before Columbus?
— David Greer (@TheSupaDave_71) October 13, 2021
Her border crisis is showing those explorers how it should be done.. 🙁
— Walter Baschnagel (@WBaschnagel) October 13, 2021
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